If students are to be successful at school and in their later lives, it is critical that they gain the skills needed to read and write non-fiction material effectively. These are skills that need to be taught explicitly – and that are easier to teach thoroughly with the support of Non-fiction in the Classroom. This two-book series provides detailed lesson plans with appropriate strategies for students to learn to read non-fiction with understanding and to write appropriately structured non-fiction texts, for example, newspaper articles, recounts, biographies and blogs.
Maria Gill writes full time from a seaside village north of Auckland, New Zealand. She has had 20 children’s books published for the retail market and another 35 educational books for the international market. Maria specialises in children’s non-fiction books. Seven of her books have been shortlisted for children’s book awards (New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards and LIANZA Awards) and eight have been Storylines Notable Books. Her book ‘Anzac Heroes’ won the New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adult Non-fiction Award and the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award. ‘New Zealand Hall of Fame’ won the Children’s Choice in the non-fiction category. Previously she has been a primary school teacher and she also has a Graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies. Maria also reviews books on http://kidsbooksnz.blogspot.com . For more information about Maria please go to www.mariagill.co.nz